Should you get the 70-200mm or the 100-400mm telephoto zoom lens for landscape photography? That is a great question.
I have been using the Sony 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 GM lens for about half a year for my landscape photography, and I absolutely love it. I had some caveats getting this lens, but by now, I do not regret it. In the above video, I share my thoughts on why this focal range is just so great. The video is not just about the Sony lens but all 100-400mm lenses. One thing I do not mention in the video is the fact that this lens is an “upgrade” to the 70-200mm focal range. The 100-400mm needs to do both the job of a 70-200mm and the 200-400mm, and besides the 30mm on the broad end, this lens obviously delivers. Besides the focal range, aperture is also a big difference. As for landscape photography, it does not really matter that the 100-400mm lenses have a variable aperture. After all, you will likely have to stop down to get everything in focus anyway and find the sharpness sweet spot of your specific lens.
I do talk about the benefits of the 100-400mm lens, and many of the benefits are the same as the 70-200mm lens, just “more.” After all, the 100-400mm lens is just a 70-200mm on steroids, as the lens is bigger and the focal range is larger. Among others, I talk about how it is good for simplifying your photos, how it works fantastically as a macro lens and for photographing intimate details, and how it can really make some dramatic compression effects.
Check out the video above and let me hear if you are considering getting the 100-400mm lens. Sigma has just released its new version for the full-frame Sony mirrorless system, and the price is much better than anything Canon, Nikon, or Sony have for their 100-400mm lenses.